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Easter Road
The Leith San Siro
Easter Road.jpg

Easter Road in July 2006. The East Stand, to the right of the picture, has since been demolished.
Location Edinburgh, Scotland
Broke ground 1892
Opened 1893
Renovated 2001
Owner Hibernian
Surface Grass
Capacity 14,326
Tenants
Hibernian (1893–present)
Raith Rovers (1995, one game)
Edinburgh Rugby (1998–1999)

Easter Road is the home ground of Scottish Premier League football club Hibernian. Located in the Leith area of Edinburgh, the stadium currently has a capacity of approximately 14,000 seats, as one side of the ground is currently being redeveloped.[1] It is affectionately known by Hibs fans as "The Leith San Siro".[2]

Hibs first played at the present site of Easter Road in 1893. The record attendance of 65,860, when the stadium had vast terracing sections, was set by an Edinburgh derby on 2 January 1950.[3] The stadium was long noted for its pronounced slope, but this was removed at the end of the 1999–00 season.[4]

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History

Easter Road in the 1950s
The most modern stand at Easter Road, the West Stand

When Hibs were formed in 1875, the club played its matches on the Meadows to the south of the Old Town of Edinburgh. The club first moved to the Easter Road area in 1880, which was on the outskirts of Edinburgh at the time, to a ground known as Hibernian Park. When Hibs suffered financial difficulties in the early 1890s, the lease on Hibernian Park expired. The club then leased the present site in 1892, played their first match there the following year and have played their home games there ever since.

Before the Taylor Report demanded that the stadium be all-seated, the ground had vast banks of terracing on three sides,[5] which meant that it could hold crowds in excess of 60,000. Easter Road's record attendance of 65,860, which is also a record for a football match played in Edinburgh,[5][6][7] was set by an Edinburgh derby played on 2 January 1950.[8][9]

After Sir Tom Farmer took control of Hibernian in 1991,[10] the stadium underwent major redevelopment in order to comply with the Taylor Report. Stands behind each goal (the Famous Five Stand and the South Stand) were built in 1995, replacing covered terracing at the north end (known as the Cowshed) and open terracing at the south end (known as the Dunbar End).[3]

The West Stand, which has a capacity of 6,500 and is similar in design to the North and South Stands, was built in 2001 to replace the ageing main stand.[11] The stadium has dining and conferencing facilities within the West and Famous Five Stands.[12] The Behind the Goals bar in the Famous Five Stand is one of the largest match-day bars in the United Kingdom.[13] An electronic scoreboard was installed between the two tiers of the South Stand during the 2005–06 season.

Current development

The East Terrace, which was demolished in March 2010.

The East Stand was a large terrace which was greatly reduced and roofed in the mid-1980s, and then made all seated with the installation of 'bucket seats' in 1995.[3] Views of the pitch from this stand were somewhat restricted by supporting pillars.[3] The club obtained planning permission to replace this stand in 1999, and this was renewed in 2005.[3] Hibs chairman and then chief executive Rod Petrie said in October 2006 that the development of a training ground was the first priority for the club. That facility was opened by Sir Tom Farmer on 19 December 2007.[14]

Hibs started a consultation process with supporters on the redevelopment of the east side of the ground in 2007.[3] After posting their accounts for the year ended 31 July 2008, however, Petrie stated that the development was on hold until sufficient cash resources could be obtained to finance the project.[15] After completing the consultation process, Hibs found that a single tier stand would be cheaper and more popular with the supporters.[16] Consequently the board submitted an application to alter the existing planning permission, which had allowed for a two tier stand to be constructed.[16]

Petrie announced at the club's 2009 AGM that the club would enter negotiations with building contractors to establish an updated cost for rebuilding the stand.[17] After these negotiations were concluded, Hibs announced in February 2010 that work would immediately begin on a new East Stand, increasing capacity to 20,250.[18] Demolition of the old stand began in early March.[1]

Uses other than Hibs matches

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Club football

Raith Rovers used Easter Road once, for the home leg of a UEFA Cup tie against Bayern Munich in 1995.[19] The match was moved from Rovers' normal home ground of Stark's Park due to Easter Road's greater capacity.[20]

Easter Road has sometimes played host to Scottish League Cup semi-final matches. Recent examples of this include Dunfermline 1–0 Livingston in 2006, Hearts 2–3 Motherwell in 2005 and Livingston 1–0 Dundee in 2004.

International football

Scotland have played four full international matches at Easter Road, all since 1998. These have been friendly matches against less attractive opposition where a relatively small crowd is expected, and it has therefore been unnecessary to play the match at Hampden Park. The Scotland under-21 team also sometimes play matches at Easter Road. This happened most recently when Scotland beat Lithuania under-21s 3–0 in October 2007.[21]

The most recent full international played at the stadium was a friendly match played between South Korea and Ghana in advance of the 2006 World Cup.[22] This match came about because South Korea (coached by the former Rangers manager Dick Advocaat) had used Rangers' training ground as a pre-tournament training base, and wanted matches to complete this training process. This match meant that international stars such as Michael Essien, Stephen Appiah and Park Ji-Sung played at the ground. Ghana won the match 3–1.[23]


22 April 1998
Scotland  1–1  Finland International Challenge Match
Attendance: 14,315
Referee: Herman van Dijk (Netherlands)
Jackson Goal 16' (Report) Johansson Goal 10'

15 October 2002
Scotland  3–1  Canada International Challenge Match
Attendance: 16,207
Referee: L Huyghe (Belgium)
Crawford Goal 11' Goal 73'
Thompson Goal 49'
(Report) De Rosario Goal 9' (pen)

30 May 2004
Scotland  4–1  Trinidad and Tobago International Challenge Match
Attendance: 16,187
Referee: Pieter Vink (Netherlands)
Fletcher Goal 6'
Holt Goal 12'
Caldwell Goal 23'
Quashie Goal 35'
(Report) John Goal 55'

This match had an unusual occurrence: when Gary Caldwell was substituted, he was replaced by his brother, Steven Caldwell.


17 November 2004
Scotland  1–4  Sweden International Challenge Match
Attendance: 15,071
Referee: Jaroslav Jara
(Czech Republic)
McFadden Goal 77' (pen) (Report) Allbäck Goal 27' Goal 49'
Elmander Goal 72'
Berglund Goal 73'

4 June 2006
Korea Republic  1–3  Ghana International Challenge Match
Attendance: 7,600
Referee: Dougie McDonald
(Scotland)
Lee Goal 49' (Report) Gyan Goal 35' (pen)
Muntari Goal 62'
Essien Goal 81'

Rugby Union

Easter Road viewed from Arthur's Seat, with Leith, the Firth of Forth, Inchkeith and Fife in the background.

Easter Road was briefly the home ground for the Edinburgh Rugby professional rugby union team in the late 1990s.[24] It was reported by the Edinburgh Evening News in 2006 that Scottish Rugby Union officials wanted to use Easter Road as Edinburgh's home ground,[24] but nothing came of this. Hibs were concerned at the time that playing rugby would damage the quality of the Easter Road pitch.[24] It was reported in the summer of 2007 that Edinburgh Rugby looked into the possibility of using Easter Road again[citation needed] due to a rift betweent the club and the Scottish Rugby Union,[25] the owner of Murrayfield Stadium. The dispute was resolved,[26] however, and Edinburgh Rugby played their matches in the 2007–08 season at Murrayfield.

Music

Sir Elton John performed Easter Road's first rock concert on 25 June 2005.[27] This had a detrimental effect on the quality of the pitch throughout the following season, and it is doubtful whether further concerts will be held at the stadium.[citation needed]

Boxing

One of the hospitality suites within the stadium staged an amateur boxing show on 15 November 2009.[28]

Transport

Edinburgh Waverley railway station, the main station in Edinburgh, is aproximately 1.5 miles (2.4 km) from the stadium; the walk between the two sites takes approximately 20 minutes.[29] The Edinburgh Trams system, which is currently under construction, will serve the stadium by the McDonald Road tram stop.

Easter Road is served by several Lothian Buses routes.[30] Services 7, 10, 11, 12, 14, 16, 22, 25 and 49 run down Leith Walk; services 1 and 35 run down Easter Road itself; services 4, 5, 15, 19, 26, 34, 44 and 45 run along London Road and routes 34 and 49 serve Lochend Road.[30] Several First Edinburgh routes also serve the area.[31] Visitors to the ground travelling by car can park in the surrounding streets.[29]

References

  1. ^ a b "Mixed emotions at Easter Road, as Hibs' East Terrace is torn down". STV. 3 March 2010. http://news.stv.tv/scotland/east-central/161150-mixed-emotions-at-easter-road-as-hibs-east-terrace-is-torn-down/. Retrieved 5 March 2010. 
  2. ^ Hibernian Football Club (Hibs), Easter Road Stadium
  3. ^ a b c d e f Leslie, Colin (23 February 2010). "Fans' favourite to make its last stand as sun sets on the East". The Scotsman. http://sport.scotsman.com/sport/Fans39-favourite-to-make-its.6094654.jp. Retrieved 23 February 2010. 
  4. ^ Hibs bid farewell to slope, BBC Sport, 29 April 2000.
  5. ^ a b Hibernian Football Club (Hibs), Easter Road Stadium, www.easterroad.com
  6. ^ Magical Barça to cast spell before Hearts' record crowd, The Scotsman, 28 July 2007.
  7. ^ Hearts heading for a home record, BBC Sport, 27 July 2007.
  8. ^ Mon 02 Jan 1950, London Hearts.
  9. ^ Crowd picture, London Hearts
  10. ^ Hibs reveal Farmer stake, BBC Sport, 30 July 2003.
  11. ^ Time-lapsed film of the West Stand construction on YouTube.
  12. ^ Conferencing & Banqueting at Easter Road Stadium, Hibernian F.C. official site.
  13. ^ Carling ‘Behind the Goals’, Hibernian F.C. official site.
  14. ^ Photographs of the training ground, Hibernian F.C. official site.
  15. ^ Hibs accounts delay stand plans, BBC Sport, 14 September 2008.
  16. ^ a b East Stand Project Update, Hibernian F.C. official site.
  17. ^ "Hibernian to reconsider East Stand plans for Easter Road". Daily Record. 8 October 2009. http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/football/spl/hibernian/2009/10/08/hibernian-to-reconsider-east-stand-plans-for-easter-road-86908-21731456/. 
  18. ^ "Hibs start work on new stand". ITV Sport. 22 February 2010. http://www.itv.com/sport/football/news/generalnews/hibs-start-work-on-new-stand-790543565.html. Retrieved 22 February 2010. 
  19. ^ Bayern ruin all Raith's dreams, The Independent, 18 October 1995.
  20. ^ Dancing in streets of Raith again, The Independent, 30 September 1995.
  21. ^ Hibernian official site
  22. ^ [1], Hibernian F.C. official site.
  23. ^ Korea.net
  24. ^ a b c Gunners eye Easter Road, Edinburgh Evening News, 16 January 2006.
  25. ^ Edinburgh face SRU closure threat, BBC Sport, 5 July 2007.
  26. ^ Edinburgh back in union control, BBC Sport, 12 July 2007.
  27. ^ Elton John set for Hibs & Killie, BBC Sport, 20 January 2005.
  28. ^ Boxing bound for Easter Rd, Edinburgh Evening News, 24 October 2009.
  29. ^ a b "Hibernian". Scottish Football Ground Guide. http://www.scottishgrounds.co.uk/hibernian.htm. Retrieved 17 March 2010. 
  30. ^ a b "Route Map (from 14 February 2010)". Lothian Buses. http://www.lothianbuses.com/routemap.php. Retrieved 17 March 2010. 
  31. ^ "Map". First Group. http://www.firstgroup.com/ukbus/scotland/sescot/map/Edinburgh.pdf. Retrieved 18 March 2010. 
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Public Buildings: Bute House | Edinburgh Royal Infirmary | Edinburgh Waverley Railway Station | McEwan Hall | New College | Old College | Parliament House | Scottish Parliament Building | St Andrew's House

Churches and Cathedrals: Duddingston Kirk | Greyfriars Kirk | Kirk of the Canongate | St Andrew's and St George's Church | St Mary's Cathedral | St Giles' Cathedral | Tron Kirk

Visitor Attractions: Balmoral Hotel | City Observatory, Edinburgh | Dean Gallery | Dugald Stewart Monument | Edinburgh Castle | Edinburgh International Conference Centre | Edinburgh Vaults | Edinburgh Zoo | Greyfriars Bobby | John Knox House | Museum of Scotland | National Gallery of Scotland | National Library of Scotland | National Monument | Ocean Terminal | Our Dynamic Earth | Palace of Holyroodhouse | Royal Museum | Royal Observatory | Royal Scottish Academy Building | Scott Monument | Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art | Scottish National Portrait Gallery |

Sports: Murrayfield Ice Rink | Murrayfield Stadium | Tynecastle Stadium | Easter Road

Performing arts: Edinburgh Festival Theatre | The Hub | Traverse Theatre | Usher Hall

Coordinates: 55°57′42″N 3°09′56″W / 55.96167°N 3.16556°W / 55.96167; -3.16556


Simple English


Easter Road is a Scottish football stadium. It is owned by Hibernian F.C. who play their home games at the stadium.



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